Remember when everyone was criticizing New York Giants General Manager David Gettleman for drafting quarterback Daniel Jones out of Duke with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft at the end of April? Well, he might have known something that the people on the outside may not have.
Jones is apparently ahead of his schedule because he has impressed people within the organization during offseason workouts. Training camp doesn’t start until the end of next month, but Daniel Jones will be a hot name to keep an eye on for the New York Giants and the rest of the league during training camp and the preseason.
Head Coach Pat Shurmur has made it clear he expects quarterback Eli Manning to be the Week 1 starter, but Shurmur made a statement the other that Jones is preparing like he is going to be the starting quarterback Week 1.
Manning is in the final year of his contract and he is 38 years old. Eli Manning completed 66 percent of his passes last season for 4,299 yards 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Even though Manning threw for so many yards last season, a lot of those yardage came in garbage time and he didn’t have a very strong arm last season.
The New York Giants didn’t have a very good record once again last season and they finished with a 5-11 record. They need to get off to a good start this season with Manning or Shurmur will decide to pull the plug early in the season on him and go with Daniel Jones.
Jones is a lot more athletic than him and he also only 22 years old. Daniel Jones played his college ball at Duke University.
He will have some solid weapons to throw the ball to like Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was traded to the Cleveland Browns and it didn’t please a lot of New York Giants fans at first, but there has been less drama ever since.
I don’t think Jones will be the Week 1 starter, but I could see him starting the season by Week 8 or Week 9. The New York Giants open up the season on the road against the Dallas Cowboys on September 8th.